Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFLs)

The City of East Lansing encourages the use of energy efficient fixtures and bulbs, including compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that lighting accounts for about 20% of a home’s electric use. CFLs use up to 75% less energy than an incandescent light bulb, lasting up to 10 times longer and saving $30 or more in electric costs over the life of the bulb.

Recycling Options
Recycling Location
City of East Lansing Department of Public Works
1800 East State Road
East Lansing, MI 48823
 Mon - Fri, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


East Lansing Hannah Community Center
819 Abbot Road
East Lansing, MI 48823
 Mon - Fri, 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sat, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sun, Noon - 8 p.m. 

East Lansing City Hall
410 Abbot Road
East Lansing, MI 48823
Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Ingham Co. Health Department Household Hazardous Waste Collection
5303 South Cedar Street
Lansing, MI 48911
Thursdays (May through Sept), 2 - 6 p.m.
Lansing Board of Water & Light
1232 Haco Drive
Lansing, MI 48912
Regular business hours
Various BWL-sponsored drop-off locations
Batteries Plus*
3415 E. Saginaw St., Ste. I (near Frandor)
Lansing, MI 48912

*Accepts CFL bulbs and fluorescent tube lighting for recycling. Learn more.
Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sat, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sun, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Home Depot
multiple locations
Regular business hours

CFL Bulbs & Mercury

CFL bulbs do contain a small amount of mercury sealed within the glass tubing. On average, a bulb contains about five milligrams of mercury (this amount would cover the tip of a ball point pen). Mercury is not released from a CFL when it is in use, however, mercury may be released when the glass portion of the bulb is broken.

Proper CFL Use

CFL bulbs should be handled properly as they are made of glass and can break. Use caution when removing them from their packaging and installing or removing. Install or remove CFLs by holding onto the base, not the glass. Do not forcefully twist the CFL into a light socket.

The EPA suggests the following steps be taken if you break a fluorescent bulb in your home:
  • Open a window and leave the room for 15 minutes or more.
  • Carefully scoop up the fragments and powder with stiff paper or cardboard and place them in a sealed plastic bag. Use disposable rubber gloves if available – do not use bare hands and wipe the area clean with a damp paper towel or disposable wet wipes and place them in a plastic bag. Do not use a vacuum or broom to clean up the broken bulb on hard surfaces.
  • Place all clean-up materials in a second sealed plastic bag. Place the first bag in a second sealed plastic bag and place in the outdoor trash container or in another outdoor protected area for the next normal trash disposal. Wash your hands after disposing of the bag.
  • If a fluorescent bulb breaks on a rug or carpet remove all materials you can without using a vacuum cleaner, following the tips above. Sticky tape such as duct tape can be used to pick up small pieces of glass and powder. If vacuuming is needed after all visible materials have been removed, vacuum the area where the bulb was broken, remove the vacuum bag (or empty and wipe the canister) and put the bag or vacuum debris in two sealed plastic bags in the outdoor trash or protected outdoor location for normal disposal.
*This information is adopted from the United States Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR web site.